Talk about the city




How do you feel today? What would you like to read?

Sometimes – not always – when I walk down Fraser Street or the surrounding area, I can feel a kind of energy emanating from this place we call home; and it gives me some sort of advice on what to write.

This week, I’m flying totally blind. However, I’m reasonably sure you don’t want to read up on COVID-19. So let’s turn our minds from the misery of confinement to the mysteries of the universe – in particular, to the magic of “Murchison”.

Notice, I’m not the right person to take care of the science of this. I use the right side of my brain 73 percent of the time – which makes me dream a little and makes sure that I rarely reconcile my bank statement (think about it – does anyone do that these days ?) It makes me emotional, gives me a little imagination and a good long term memory. However, that leaves me 27 percent stingy to deal with the rational and practical side of life – which science fits into. But there !

Murchison’s “Miracle”
You may know that in September 1969 – two months after man first stepped on the moon – a rare meteorite landed on Murchison District, its fragments “raining” along a track. narrow southeast of Murchison Township, extending to East Murchison, north and northwest of town near the Goulburn River. The scattered field would extend for about 11.3 km, with the meteor’s 6.5 kg core ultimately lying near the Waranga Basin.

The meteor entered our atmosphere as a large mass, before melting and shattering into hundreds of fragments that had a shiny, dimpled black surface (fusion crust). But it was not a common meteor. It was a CM2 (Type 2), a fine-grained dark matrix with sparkling white spots known as chondrules.

When the first fragments were found, some were still hot and gave off an odor that has been described as “smoke” or “metho”.
And this is where you might start to be interested! The “Murchison,” as it is known around the world, was 4.6 billion years old – about as old as our Sun – and considerably older than our Earth. And yet, it contained all of the complex amino acids necessary for life.

It seems, even to a model like me, that life existed somewhere before the formation of Earth. (The Murchison is believed to have formed in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter). And, it’s possible that meteorites, similar to this one, gave life to a new hot and dry planet.

If you want to know more, Margaret Lock’s book Space gem is available from the Murchison Heritage Center, Shepparton Museum, and Collins Books. There is also Catalyst program, available on IView titled Chemical World that you might appreciate – but I had a hard time with it.

You know, when I first realized the importance of “Murchison” and the information it brought – I wondered if somehow it would bother the people who believe in a God (of which I am a part).

Personally, I had no trouble accepting that life existed elsewhere, long before the formation of the Earth. In fact, I must have laughed when I asked myself “Do you think a ‘just add water’ recipe – for life itself – was an accident? No, I didn’t and I don’t.

Under the clock
Our “blast from the past” last week mentioned the Farmers’ Arms Hotel, which I had never encountered before – and wondered where it was. The answer came from Chris Clarke –
I looked for the Farmer’s Arms Hotel. Where Canberra House was located was George McCracken’s Farmer’s Arms Hotel. Canberra House was at the northeast corner of High and Maude streets. It provided housing for out-of-town girls who worked in Shepparton. The building was later demolished and the Woolworths supermarket was built there. After Woolworths moved to Benalla Road, the building was transformed into a shopping arcade.
Chris clark

Thanks a lot Chris. I remember going to the movies (photos) at the Astor Theater in High St and walking across to Canberra House. At the corner of this building was an enterprising fruit and vegetable store (in rue Maude) which opened at night, for intermission, for moviegoers. They sold us soft drinks and candy. I think the shop was ‘Courtneys’ but I could very well be wrong.

Monday, January 5, 1914

Commonwealth Meteorologist writes: Like 1912, 1913 was marked by great weather variability, with periods of heavy rainfall alternating with long periods of extreme drought. The failure of winter precipitation was the most prominent feature, with June, July and August being extremely dry over much of the north and northwest. This was due to the extraordinary weakness of the usual sources of winter rain – the disturbances of Antarctica. Fortunately, during spring storms of tropical origin, extremely good rains which, although not early enough for some crops, fell in such abundance that a record wheat harvest is expected. The highest temperature of the year was 105.3 on February 4 and the lowest was 30.7 on August 14. My comment – This is a safe method of weather management. Tell people what has already happened.

From the town square
● Last week the Bruce Wilson Memorial Heritage Lecture took place and was available on YouTube. The speaker was Christine Johnson and, as she spoke about the heritage value of the buildings, I fully understood, perhaps for the first time, why so many of us were so grieved by the destruction of our post office .

She said the buildings are full of meaning (and memories) that connect the past to the present; that they are a source of connection and community – and demolition can cause real grief.

Also, for me, an old friend of mine worked at our PO – a childhood friend who shared many of my childhood experiences on stage. He was just a young man when he died. And, with the building gone – it seemed to me – part of my connection to it had also been destroyed.
For many of us, the post and the people associated with it were part of our daily lives.
PS The heritage conference was great.

● A recent press release from SAM Ltd makes it clear that when it comes to coffee we all want the same: “Shepparton Art Museum Limited (SAM Ltd) urges local businesses to seize opportunity to mine coffee – gallery in new iconic building with a redesigned expression of interest process underway ”.

I hope – as you surely are – that there is someone with experience who can imagine the future benefits (if not the immediate ones) of seizing this opportunity.

My friends, it’s been a strange few days.

With thousands of people suddenly unable to leave their homes and many in need of food, supermarkets were overwhelmed; especially when you have become an exhibition site.

Home delivery services were days behind schedule and click and collect was under pressure. In another store, the young people on the bridge worked ridiculous and heroic hours (26 hours in a row were mentioned).

I’ve also heard that Macca’s is running out of containers for their crisps (but that might be a slightly funny rumor.)
I want to thank the people on this journal for their outstanding work – especially over the weekend – with continuous reporting of the situation every day – number of cases, test sites and exposure – available on the website , updated as soon as the facts became available. , free, to all. Fantastic community service, guys – and I’m sure greatly appreciated by many of us.

Looks like we’re really ‘ready for this’. It could be quite long without our families and friends and we’re going to need all of our emotional strength and – I suggest – a sense of humor. Please take care of yourself and our community. And, to borrow a good phrase, we’ll get through this stronger, together.


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